The Parish Cafe in Boston

  The Parish Cafe Bare Branches The back wall at the Parish Cafe
The Parish Café & Bar in Boston certainly loves their sandwiches, and so do I, especially when they are creations of renowned local chefs. Sandwiches are my go-to, and I seriously believe that “the sandwich is the ultimate expression of American individuality”. Situated in the Back Bay neighborhood, this local staple overlooks Boylston Street and stands out amongst the aging colonial style buildings that are all over Boston.

I visited the city between that awkward endless winter/emerging spring time period. The air was frigid and the trees were bare, but I imagine that in the full-on spring and summer time the view from their outdoor patio would be lush and amazing. Luckily we snagged a sunny table along the window, window tables are always prime real estate in restaurants.

Our server, I think his name was Tim, let us know we arrived at the perfect time. We had apparently just escaped an hour-long wait, and he assured us they would be on another wait by evening. This sandwich-lovers haven is bustling everyday with eager diners, but I am thankful we missed the rush! The sandwiches were glorious and unique, the service fast and friendly, and the ambiance made you want to be a regular here. I wish I had more time to come back to this inviting spot, clearly loved by locals.

 Clown Shoes ClementineGrey Lady BeerWhat we drank: Clown Shoes Clementine, 6% ABV-           $9

  • A Massachusetts brewed beer
  • Belgian White Ale
  • Taste of sweet clementine, coriander essence, warm spices, crisp

Cisco Grey Lady, 4.5% ABV-                         $6

  • Nantucket Island beer
  • Belgian Style, but a lighter, gentler spice
  • Nice spice, reminiscent of Lady Grey Tea (you know, Earl Grey’s lady)

The D Bar Sandwich      Zuni Roll

What we ate:

Vegetarian Corn Cakes $10

The corn cakes came two to an order, sprinkled with scallions and resting on a bed of salsa, mixed greens, and fresh avocado. The cakes were crispy and the salsa fresh.

Zuni Roll                               $12

This sandwich was perfectly hot, the tortilla nicely toasted and filled with turkey, crispy bacon, scallions, and Havarti with a cranberry chipotle sauce and sour cream.

The Bristol                          $13.25

The bun for this sandwich was amazing, perfectly baked and crunchy with thyme, lightly buttered and toasted with a lemony herb mayonnaise. The chicken was marinated with classic flavors of rosemary, thyme, and garlic. The Boursin cheese was soft and creamy. Personally the tomato and lettuce were unnecessary, I think the arugula and Parmesan salad was enough green to go with the sandwich. This sandwich would taste amazing pressed as well. Oh and I forgot to mention it was HUGE.

The d Bar                             $14.25

This sandwich was my favorite of the three. It was HOT and FRESH. On a cold day it warmed you right up. The pan fried veal was flavorful and tender. The bread was toasted and made the Gruyère melt slightly against the applewood smoked bacon. The baguette was smeared with a tarragon-grainy mustard aioli. The tomato-caper relish on the veal really made the sandwich.


The Parish Café & Bar

361 Boylston St • Boston, MA 02116 • (617) 247-4777

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